BROOKS, AB (February 13, 2019) – Simon Boyko (Mississauga, ON) led the way with a hat trick and an assist, as the Brooks Bandits (50-3) extended their league-record winning streak to 26 games with an 8-1 home win over the Olds Grizzlys on Wednesday night.
The win also put the Bandits three wins away from tying the AJHL’s record for wins in a single season, with seven games left to achieve the mark.
Boyko opened the scoring at 5:56 of the first period with a wrist shot from the right circle that beat Olds goalie Jay Thomson, before Arnaud Vachon (Ajax, ON) doubled the lead on a wrist shot off the rush from the left side.
In the second, Randy Hernandez (Miami, FL) tipped home a net front setup from William Lemay (Marieville, QC) at 13:44 to make it 3-0, and Mack Hancock (Kingston, ON) one-timed home a slapper from the left circle for a 4-0 Brooks advantage.
Boyko got his second of the game 5:07 into the third when he one timed in a perfect backdoor feed from Ryan Mahshie (Stoney Creek, ON). Olds broke the shutout bid for goalie Tanner Marshall (Kelowna, BC) with a rebound goal from Andrew Malek at 6:14, but Brooks got final goals from Hancock jamming in a puck out of midair at 11:11, Nick Hale (Raleigh, NC) firing in a rebound goal at 17:01, and Boyko completing his hat trick with a net front tip at 17:40.
The Bandits outshot Olds 48-15 in the game, going 0 for 2 on the power play and a perfect 3 for 3 on the penalty kill.
They will attempt to be the first time in AJHL history to record 27 straight wins when they travel to Camrose on Friday night to take on the Kodiaks. Puck drop is at 7 PM with pre-game coverage starting at 6:45 PM on Real Country 105.7.
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